Top 10 Things to Bring on a Quest... Sword of Soter by Ralene Burke (Guest Post & #Giveaway) #SOSPrism

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Sword of Soter
(Sacred Armor Trilogy #2)
By Ralene Burke
YA Fantasy, Christian
Paperback & ebook, 275 Pages
September 25th 2019 by Elk Lake Publishing Inc





Karina, Tristian, Rashka, and Sam venture forth into the wilderness of Soter on the next leg of their quest to retrieve the Armor of the Creator. With the ancient evil already affecting the kingdom, nothing in Soter is what it seems—from what skulks beneath the canopies of the woods to what lies within the sleek white and gold of the capitol city to the people Karina and Tristan have known since they were children.

Danger lurks around every corner. Discerning who to trust is paramount to staying alive and discovering the location of the Temple of Soter. Yet, to Karina’s horror, Faramos’s reach finds them time and again. The longer they are forced to dawdle, the more people are affected by the growing panic in Soter, and the closer Faramos is to taking over the Three Kingdoms. Can Karina retrieve the information they need while Tristan keeps his brother at bay? Or will the entire quest disintegrate before they even arrive at the temple?

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Guest Post:
Top 10 Things to Bring on a Quest

We’re going on a trip…a journey…a QUEST.

First, we have to pack. Now, this ain’t a trip to the Bahamas—we can’t bring 3 suitcases on a plane to unload onto a cart and then into a car. If we’re lucky, we’ll have a horse to strap a couple extra small bags to.

But really, we have to carry everything on our backs. Especially since, in Sword of Soter, Karina and friends lose their horses!

Often times, though, it’s not the things that we carry on our backs that we need for a quest. A quest—the kind we find in epic fantasy stories like the Sacred Armor Trilogy—requires so much more. “Like what?” you may ask…

1. A Positive Attitude: No quest is without its ups and downs, overwhelming obstacles, and disheartening setbacks, so it’s no surprise that we questers would need to maintain a positive attitude. It helps us stay motivated and accomplish our tasks post haste!

2. A Sense of Humor: Every quest comes with learning experiences and sources of frustration. The ability to laugh at ourselves or at the situation will keep us from losing our mind and throwing ourselves off the nearest cliff. A surprising benefit of humor is the ability to diffuse some of the tensest situations.

3. Communication Skills: Clear. Concise. Communication. Talking in riddles and spouting off pearls of wisdom only confuses people. Vague plans and mistrust are breeding grounds for failure and death. We have to be able to communicate efficiently with those on our team. (But that doesn’t mean we don’t enjoy the Gandalfs and Dumbledores in our stories.)

4. Strong Willpower: In the face of those overwhelming odds that are inevitable with epic quests, a strength of character is key to success. Pushing through when all seems lost. Overcoming when we’d rather give in. Inspiring others when they want to give up. We can do it!

5. A Ragtag Group of Allies: Speaking of all these people… Perhaps one of the biggest keys to success for any quest is friends! They must have a variety of personalities, skills, and knowledge. They will be our greatest source of strength, our best encouragers when we want to quit, and at the last minute they will come through with that key piece that will save the day!

6. Wilderness Skills: We cannot travel across kingdoms and realms without the ability to start a campfire, fishing, knowing what plants are safe to eat, what clothes to wear for the environment, etc. I mean, we can’t catch a fish with honey or expect to wear sandals in the swamplands. Or can we?

7. Cooking Skills: To go along with those wilderness skills, we need to know how to cook! While we might be carrying dried meat and bread in our packs, we will tire of those quickly, and the quest can last for weeks or months! Knowing how to put together a proper stew is of the utmost importance. I mean, EVERYONE knows how to make stew in an epic adventure! And knowing how to cook up wild game is a perk as well.

8. First Aid Skills: It is the rare quest that comes to pass where no one is injured. And oftentimes those injuries are not even sustained in battle! Someone tripped and broke their arm. Or they ate the wrong kind of berry. Or they fell off a cliff… Okay, that might be a bit beyond the basic first aid. But still, some knowledge of first aid can only aid our journey.

9. Willingness to Learn: No matter how prepare we are for our adventure, we can’t know what will happen. We can’t prepare for every outcome. Our skills will not cover every possible obstacle. But if we are willing to learn, willing to try, then we can overcome even our lack of knowledge.

10. Our WHY: The most important factor needed for an epic quest? Knowing our WHY. Why are we going on this quest? Why is it important to us? What will we accomplish by completing this quest? Much as with our goals in real life, knowing the answers to these questions will help to motivate us and keep us focused no matter what the quest throws at us.

This is a list of quest necessities that stay with us, even if storm waters sweep away our pack of supplies or a villain kidnaps us in an attempt to waylay our journey or even if we find ourselves all alone in the middle of unfamiliar territory.

And in the world of reality that we live in, these traits and skills can be just as powerful. From helping us to embrace our calling, to learning to #SHINEBeyond our circumstances, to giving us ways to help others.

With these skills, there is not much we can’t accomplish. No quest we can’t see through!

For now, join Karina and friends on their quest in the first 2 books of the Sacred Armor Trilogy.

What would YOU take on a quest?

Other Books in the Series

Armor of Aletheia
(Sacred Armor Trilogy #1)
By Ralene Burke
YA Fantasy, Christian
Paperback & ebook, 268 Pages
August 29th 2018 by Elk Lake Publishing Inc.


The death of her king changes Karina’s life forever. Fleeing the royal house, she must leave her life behind to seek out the Armor of the Creator—to save the very people who now hunt her.

Faramos, the evil warlock waiting to unleash hell, knows the Creator has already chosen his warrior, so he sends his bounty hunter to retrieve her. After Tristan abducts her, he witnesses Karina’s gentle nature and strong independence, and he finds he can’t complete his assignment.

Together, they set out to retrieve the armor and defeat the hordes of creatures sent to destroy them. But is Tristan’s heart secure as he faces certain death for defending the queen? And will Karina have the courage to become all the Creator intends her to be? Failure will condemn the world to eternal darkness.

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About the Author

Whether she’s wielding a fantasy author’s pen, a social media wand, or a freelance editor’s sword, Ralene Burke always has her head in some dreamer’s world. And her goal is to help everyone #SHINEBeyond their circumstances! Her fantasy novels are available on Amazon.

When her head’s not in the publishing world, she is wife to a veteran and homeschooling mama to their three kids. Her Pinterest board would have you believe she is a master chef, excellent seamstress, and all-around crafty diva. If she only had the time . . . You can also find her on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, or at her website.

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One winner will win a prize pack that will include print copies of Armor of Aletheia and Sword of Soter, a plush blanket, a tumbler with candy, a journal, and a pen all inside a half-bushel basket inlaid with a gorgeous book print material.
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